Episode 1. House of Video Games
Episode 2. The Enemy Within
Episode 3. The Game’s the Thing
Episode 4. The Agony & the Ecstasy
The classic feature documentary series with four episodes, directed and produced by famed Atari game designer Howard Scott Warshaw – also known as the creator of Yars’ Revenge, one of the best-selling games on the Atari 2600. Warshaw takes you on a trip through time, back to the late seventies and the birth of Atari, and interviews the personalities the fueled the company, including founder Nolan Bushnell.
1. House of Video Games - The first installment deals with what life was like working on VCS video games. You will hear all about ATARI from the characters who were there; the practical jokes and the eccentricities that made our department the most enjoyable place to work we’ve ever experienced.
2. The Enemy Within - This is a “gloves-off” episode about how the people in the VCS (HOME games) department viewed, and were viewed by, other arms of the company. It exposes tremendously unhealthy inter-departmental attitudes which may have contributed significantly to ATARI’s fall from the top.
3. The Game’s the Thing - In this episode you will hear the game makers discuss and debate exactly that. How do we approach the creation of a NEW game concept? What type of person is most suited to develop a “fun game?” How can we brainstorm pure creative flow? From where does the inspiration, the seminal moment come? What types of activities do and don’t contribute to making a fun game?
4. The Agony & the Ecstasy - The final episode reveals the technical details and difficulties of actually programming the 2600. It also shows the wonderful and exciting rewards of having your work distributed and appreciated by the public.
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